Meet the T-Hawks
Client Success Specialist
Antony has completed a successful stint in the US before returning to good ol' New Zealand with his better half.
Client Success Specialist
Antony has completed a successful stint in the US before returning to good ol' New Zealand with his better half.
Takapuna, Auckland. Making me a rare born and bred Aucklander.
Remember Bulletin Boards and life pre-email???
It was the bottle opener, but now I guess it’s screw caps…
Bucks Lake. CA. No phone, no internet, no people. But please don’t tell anyone so it stays a secret.
San Francisco California, USA. My parents drove to the city(we lived nearly an hour away) because my mum heard they served wine to the patients… she is not going to be impressed that I shared this but I love this about her.
I am a ‘digital tourism geek.” I love reading a variety of digital tourism and marketing forums and devour websites like TNOOZ, eyefortravel and Skift daily trend reports
VR – Virtual Reality. It isn’t really future technology, it’s available and used already but it is its potential for tourism that I find so exciting. I believe it offers the most emotive and engaging marketing tool to date. It allows those that can’t travel for whatever reason whether it’s financial or physical, to experience other destinations, which opens up the world to a whole new audience. It’s so good on so many levels.
Any place off the map. I enjoy cities but crave natural landscapes with ocean views or open plains, mountains and wildlife to see experienced with my husband.
When I grew up I wanted to fly aeroplanes. I’m still hoping to grow up one day so that I can still do that.
My first memory of the Internet was seeing a bunch of computers sitting in the corner of an “Internet café” in London back in ’95. I tried looking up info about New Zealand and was so bamboozled I went back to drinking my beer instead.
Can’t live without my iPad! It collates the news sources I’m most interested in, keeps me connected with family and friends, plays tunes through my Bose speaker, and provides me with hours of endless entertainment. Right now that entertainment is exploring and learning Adobe’s design apps and trying to beat my Angry Birds score.
Three things I would never leave behind when packing for a trip are my togs, camera and Tom! In that order.
Strangely I don’t recall wanting to engage this deeply in health and safety however after sinking three boats, breaking two legs, trying to capture a submarine in a 14 foot tin boat armed with speedos and a spear gun and numerous other follies it’s probably a good thing I crossed to the sensible side.
Back in 1992 I met a forward thinking IT manager at HSBC bank. He invited me to join him on a phone call to Scott base, Antarctica using this new thing called the internet. It was pretty scratchy but he reckoned it was the new future. I was subsequently involved in implementation the networks for the first Internet companies in New Zealand and eventually the team at Telecom (now Spark) approached me for opinion and feedback on their entry to the market with Xtra and its potential effects on my clients. Things have changed a bit since then.
A single all-purpose bloke friendly remote control. How will I possibly cope when the kids eventually move out?
A Gopro Hero4 black, my Samsung phone and a solar charging unit. Comms and media are great until the battery goes Pfutt.
Tapan first experienced the warm hospitality of New Zealand in the summer of 2012 during his honeymoon and fell in love with the simplicity of the country. He bid farewell to a successful hospitality business in India and landed in Dunedin for an MBA from the University of Otago, during which he worked with Real Journeys and the SPCA. On completing his MBA, Tapan offered to work for Tomahawk... just as long as he was allowed to dog sit the office mascot at will. Now there was an offer we just couldn’t refuse.
Running a adventure tourism business in a remote corner of New Zealand only accessible by air or horse.
You will find me looking at photography forums/ videos, commenting on current affairs on twitter or making fun of my sister on Facebook but not necessarily in that order.
I think virtual reality combined with low cost internet has the capacity to take people where they could never have expected to be.
Sitting on a the sand in a beach resort in Goa with lots of beer and goan fish to choose from.
I’d be a pre-school teacher. I just love kids and I love their energy, it’s so contagious.
I've always been amazed about how kids have their own world filled with fantasy, curiosity and excitement. A never ending quest for fun and adventure!
I have a toddler, so most of my time online is spent in YouTube with him for interactive learning. When I get “me-time”, I enjoy looking for new things to learn such as trying to pick up a new language, reading facts about places and people. I feel so lucky that I was born in the age where the world’s information is at my fingertips.
Travel at the speed of light (or at least a super-fast way to travel ). I love the idea of going places in a snap! I would definitely have a warm, toasted waffle in Liege for breakfast, thin crust pizza in Naples for lunch and a hearty Ramen in Sapporo for dinner. The possibilities of experiencing the world are just endless, what a dream!
A map, my phone (mostly for the camera) and a really comfortable pair of shoes! I would definitely get lost and explore every part of the place I'm visiting.
Working for Greenpeace making a stand for the environment and raising global awareness that the human race will survive only if our natural environments thrive.
TradeMe - looking for the next hidden real estate gem and all sorts of mid-century furniture goodies for our house.
Solar powered cars that have a backup motor that runs on water - the technology is already there but not in a format that can work simply and cost efficiently to be adopted for all. When this is available the reduction in CO2 emissions will be remarkable.
India - getting lost in one of the wildest, oldest and most chaotic places on earth for a few years would be perfect (a bit like the book Shantaram).
Nelson NZ – I grew up in Ruby Bay and try to make the trip home as often as I can to see my family and enjoy everything this region has to offer.
Anything travel, food or home ware related, need I say more? My ‘go to’ website for inspiration in the kitchen is www.prettydamngoodforyou.com.
I spend FAR too much time crawling in Auckland’s traffic so ANYTHING to help getting from A to B sooner will get my vote!
Well hopefully it’s a trip involving a reason to pop a bottle of champagne so Verve is top of the list, my Bose speaker (you always need music), and my running shoes (always a great way to explore somewhere new or enjoy your favourite spots).
Accounts Director - United States
Metairie, Louisiana - a suburb, right outside of New Orleans. I spent my childhood in an area north of Lake Pontchartrain, but spent a ton of time and celebrated holidays with my family in NOLA.
When I'm not into social media or analytics, I follow tourism and digital news. Sites like Tnooz.com, Linkedin (groups), Adweek.com, and Mashable are great for keeping up with innovations.
I love how technologies are pushing the envelope in cross software connectivity and content freshness. In a few years, I see programs interfacing at a much higher level and social media channels posting super current content like live videos and snapchat pictures. Tourism brands will continue to benefit because it brings authenticy, their biggest B to C purchase pull, to the forefront.
I love to learn about new cultures, explore, and catch up on some rest! My ideal holiday would be on a beach half way across the world with my family.
Client Success Specialist
Auckland, New Zealand.
MSN Messenger. I used to spend hours after school talking to my friends on it pre-Facebook, and I thought it was the coolest thing ever that I didn’t even have to speak out loud to be able to talk to them. I loved it so much that I would race home after school to beat my sibling to the computer so I could go on first.
My iPhone. I didn’t realise just how many things I use it for until I lost it. Sadly, it is one of my most prized possessions.
Africa. An African safari is on definitely on my bucket list. As an animal lover, I would love a chance to be up close and personal with the wildlife over there.
If I wasn’t a number cruncher I’d be an architect! In my spare time I would redesign old houses to keep the fantastic character but open them to the light and space that they so desire.
Oh the dangers of Pinterest. So many hours of wasted time being lost in image after image of amazing houses and rooms and furniture, all those things I love. And when I tire of that, ‘oh the places you could go’.
It would have a childcare and housework button - and ideally that would be faulty causing it to be permanently stuck ON!
Sun, sea and silence, throw in a good book and a cocktail and I’m there! Children? They would obviously be there with us... but on another island!
Social Media Manager
Ashley’s career began in Midwest-America, first consulting for small businesses and then launching the successful social media program for Fareway, a grocery corporation with more than 100 stores. Ready for a new adventure and world travel, she found her way to New Zealand in 2013, flying solo with only a backpack, duffle bag and travel guide. After falling in love with the gorgeous country and inspiring culture, Ashley landed a job with the prestigious social media team at Air New Zealand, content-producing and managing a community of more than 1.5 million fans. She followed her love of social media, content marketing and tourism to Tomahawk, excited to bring a supernova of social media growth to clients.
I wanted to be The Little Mermaid. Realising evolution and genetics were not in my favour, I realistically adjusted my dreams and decided I wanted to be Indiana Jones.
My first memory of the World Wide Web is spending ages waiting for pages of dancing GIFs to load – namely, the novel little hamsters and Disney’s Goofy bobbing up and down.
I’m most excited for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality gaming and education. Exploring the web/world in digital 360 degree 3D is a future we only dreamed of as kids.
My ideal holiday is a mix of planning and spontaneity. I like to pack in planned adventures and exploration, but leave a day or two to just soak in the beauty of the region and see where the day takes you.
Doing organizing events or doing training. If this was an ‘ideal job kind of question’, I’d be working for National Geographic as field photographer covering nature, events and people.
My first memory of www was when I was in High School, we had a computer lab in school and our teacher was telling us what internet is, how do you connect – AOL connection for DOS, how to generate information using the net.
If I had a pet robot, I want it to look like R2D2 and it can talk. Then I want it to be able to do my all chores, organise my schedule, be able to call home using 4D hologram. It should be able to transform to any other pet form so he’s physical feature is dynamic.
It’s in a tropical island where we have beach front bach. The bach will have a lanai and hammock, I can read my books, drink cocktail, play good music and listen to the sound of the sea. Just really chill, simple, island experience.
PHP Developer / Designer
A Graphic Designer. Luckily get to apply both passions in my role :)
Discovering playlists on music apps, reading about latest web design trends or sifting through online vinyl shops for obscure reggae or funk records.
My phone – it is now permanently attached to my left hand.
Africa – for the animals, the colour, the dance and the music.
Any place where my knowledge is improved.
A healing machine
My camera, phone and travel mate :)
If I wasn’t a Web Developer, I’d be…
I love motorsport, so it’d have to be a V8 Supercars Driver.
What is your first memory of the world wide web?
When we got our first PC back in 1994 – with a 14.4 Dialup modem and Netscape Navigator – it was amazing! (How times have changed).
What piece of technology can you not live without?
My iPhone, it’s a lifesaver. I’d have been lost a thousand times with Google Maps!
My dream travel destination is…
All of Europe, I enjoyed the handful of places I’ve visited there, and if I had a load of money I’d go back and see much more.
A chef! In fact 10 years down the lane, I’d love to run a café cum design gallery serving a fusion food inspired by Indian flavours with western influences. Not exactly a butter chicken pie but definitely a rose ‘n cardamom macaroon!
Adobe Creative Suite (until something even smarter comes along!)
The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
I always wanted to be an artist in some form. Drawing was a way for me to relax and express myself when I was young.
It was the 90s, I remember Netscape was the browser I was using at the time. Websites looked very primitive back then but even as a kid I was excited about an interactive form of accessing/sharing information.
I cannot live without the internet. It makes me feel connected to the world in ways that is not always physically possible. It reminds me that I live in a world much larger than my own.
I get inspired by to the opportunity to learn how people live in other parts of the world and experience different cultures.
A designer of some sort. On my path to becoming a developer I initially trained in graphic design and digital media, all fairly creative fields that had a focus on computer technology. As a gaming enthusiast my career choice was always going to revolve around that magical rectangular box.
Outside of work I would have to say gaming. I’m primarily an FPS (First Person Shooter) gamer but I do enjoy a variety of other genres. I usually prefer multiplayer / co-op games as I have a few friends who are also gamers and it makes the experience a lot more fun when you play with people you know.
Virtual reality hands down... although I doubt it will mature to a stage where it will be what I know it can be. I see VR becoming an integral part in all facets of life. I believe it will reach a stage where it can replace all peripherals we use today and most gadgets that we find ourselves reliant on at the moment. Instead of sitting at a desk In front of a monitor typing on a keyboard and navigating with a mouse, you could be anywhere, using speech and physical gestures to accomplish the same task. The possibilities are endless.
Europe... just all of Europe. The dream would be to have a million dollars and at least a year to explore everything and then come back to the places that left the biggest impressions. Italy would definitely be one of those locations... because pasta.
Hyderabad, India is my place of my birth. A beautifully chaotic city dubbed as the IT hub of India, Hyderabad is rooted in a metro city lifestyle combined with the elegance of traditional culture.
My time is devoted to any site that provides regular updates on the latest technologies and advancements in the industry. Sites that discuss mobile and Microsoft related technologies I’m quite interested in. Code project and Plural sight are particular favourites; I find their course resources for software development particularly useful.
A robot capable of covering all domestic work would definitely make my life a lot easier! Cooking, cleaning, doing the washing and drying... think of all the free time. It would probably have quite a high degree of artificial intelligence as well. I wouldn’t mind a personal driver.
Hawaii always looks incredibly stunning. A summer spent there in the beautiful landscapes and culture would be absolute bliss. The sound of a road trip across the States while we’re there is also quite appealing.
I was born in a beautiful town called Cherthala, which is a town located in the district of Alappuzha, in the state of Kerala, India. Cherthala is well-known for its raw marine wealth and backwaters.
I guess it’s updating/following various sports especially Football and Cricket. I equally enjoy finding interesting movies and series online.
I think it will be difficult without Google especially when my wife don’t have all the answers
My idea of holiday is total relaxation along with the family and some good music.
I'm still trying to decide what I want to be when I grow up, I have Ballerina or Vet on the shortlist at the moment but I think I'll sit on it for another decade or so to make absolutely sure I make the right choice.
I probably split my time evenly between social media and the BBC, I might have ended up on the other side of the world but I'd be lost without the Beeb!
Being a child of the 80's, I'm still waiting for a Back To The Future style hoverboard to be invented; I honestly didn't think I'd have to wait this long but i'm optimistic.
My dream is to do a road trip through America. From New Orleans to New York, the prairies to the Grand Canyon, California to Chicago, I'm inspired by the diversity.
South Africa. I came to New Zealand because the grass is so green here. The kiwis are known for their extreme sports and I am a fan of paintball and scuba diving. I think bungee jumping and sky diving is a bit much but I may try sky diving someday.
Fighting other robots! ROBOTWARS!
Japan. The entire country. I have done it once before but want to go back again! I am a big fan of Japanese culture. Their food. A lot of their history intrigues me. I love anime and karate.
Client Success Specialist
If you contacted us recently you might have already heard his contagious laugh. Antony has completed a successful stint in the US before returning to good ol' New Zealand with his better half. As customer success specialist, Antony ensures our clients are happy every single time.
Trying my hand coaching rowing at an American collage.
Checking out the news, following politics, watching videos and keeping up with rowing results.
360 degree video. It is a rapidly increasing feature in the way we portray current affairs, entertainment and experiences around the world.
I love showing people around. An ideal holiday can be anything from exploring a place I went as a kid, where I spent my time in America or even showing around my home town.
Tana has been with the Tomahawk Team now for over five years. Although he came to us as a 'young pup' with no experience in tourism, he has quickly learned to love everything about the travel industry. From hiking some of the best NZ trails to travelling in the back of a ute all over the country, he has learned to appreciate how travel can change one’s perspective.
In the office he provides entertainment, sticks and balls and is a keen team member also willing to help clean up the staff room kitchen floor after meals.